Tonight Someone Kisses

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
For Official Couples, proposals work just as well.

A trailer hook that exploits Shipping for all its worth. This is a much more merciful way to attract attention than Tonight Someone Dies, though it usually falls victim to one of two problems with trailers:

Hey, Ain't No Rule that says you can't tease the shippers who haven't learned they should Never Trust a Trailer.

Supertrope to Sweeps Week Lesbian Kiss.

Examples of Tonight Someone Kisses include:

Live-Action TV

  • Brilliantly averted in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Willow and Tara's first on screen kiss is during "The Body". It wasn't even touched on in the trailers or given any importance in the show. It was a kiss between two people who love each other and it was treated like any other kiss. Though, it's not like anybody saw it, the episode is a good 40-something minutes of Tear Jerker and you were most likely bawling the whole time if you're a fan of the show.
  • The Grand Finale of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: As if no one could see the Last-Minute Hookup coming from two seasons away.
  • iCarly: Trailers teased a potential kiss between Sam and Freddie for the episode iTwins. iSaved Your Life didn't bother teasing a potential Carly/Freddie, and showing them actually kissing. Also done that way with Griffin and Carly for iDate A Bad Boy. Melanie and Freddie in iTwins showed their kiss, but teased the idea that Melanie was fake and didn't exist and that Freddie was actually kissing Sam.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: A strange sort of anti-Ship Tease, as it showed Elliot kissing someone else besides Olivia, but the relationship never went anywhere.
  • The very last scene of the very last episode of Gilmore Girls shows Luke and Lorelei kissing, which would have been the touching resolution to the suspenseful season-long Will They or Won't They? arc. Except that they'd been showing it in the previews for weeks.
  • The teaser for the Stargate SG-1 episode "Grace". The kiss turned out to be an Indulgent Fantasy Segue within a hallucination.
  • The tease for a Christmas episode of Bones told us that Booth and Brennan may kiss (with the camera slow motioning them closer together) which would have ruined the long waited-for moment, but it did not tell us the conditions of the kiss in which Booth and Brennan were coerced into doing it under the mistletoe by someone else. Though after that nudge they did stay lip-locked for a fair bit longer than the mistletoe dictated.
    • Another trailer showed the two actors naked in bed but the situation turned out to be part of a novel written by Dr. Brennan/Booth's hallucination while in a coma.
    • A trailer for the hundredth episode in Australia showed both kisses from the episode, one of which was a flashback, the other in which Brennan cuts it off - but of course they didn't show this. In the US, they just showed them leaning in.
  • Doctor Who has done this in its season trailers for (new) seasons two, three and four so far - and showing the Doctor with a different woman each time.
    • Ditto for the trailer for season five. It looked like season six would avert this, but the second big trailer showed him kissing River. Thankfully, this time it was actually legit - no body-swapping, "genetic transfers" or poison-removal involved.
  • Previews for Lost's fourth season finale showed Sawyer and Kate about to kiss, and the writers promised a major kiss. However, the Sawyer/Kate kiss was only one of two; the major kiss turned out to be Desmond and Penny.
    • This was also done during the first season, pre-"Confidence Man", but it was subverted before "What Kate Did".
  • Nickelodeon recently[when?] advertised "Kisses and Misses Night", a stream of new episodes of various shows in which all of them fit this trope.
  • House had one of these trailers during Season 5. Clip here. It was, indeed, All Just A Hallucination.
  • A CSI: Crime Scene Investigation promo teased fans of Grissom and Sara by calling them by their fandom name, calling it "The moment GSR fans have been waiting for".
  • Make It or Break It had this with a couple of episodes in its Second Season, notably the episode "Rock Bottom" where Payson, at the peak of her crush, kisses her coach Sasha.
  • Averted in Skins. In every promo for Naomi's episode in series three, the scene of Cook and Naomi making out was played up as though they were going to have sex. Needless to say, they didn't -- but Naomi and Emily did end up having sex.
    • And then there's the aftermath of Emily's S4 episode, which left Naomi and Emily's relationship in serious trouble; the preview for the next episode, Cook's, showed Naomi and Cook making out again. It was an entirely platonic between friends thing and was immediately followed by a Ship Sinking.
  • Glee did this for season two episode "Blame It On The Alcohol". Needless to say, both characters were drunk, but it did have a (somewhat controversial and ultimately meaningless) effect on one character for the rest of the episode.
    • Surprisingly, they did not do this for the now-infamous Kurt/Blaine kiss in "Original Song," which undoubtedly contributed to the maniacal excitement that followed.
  • Castle had a pic of the kiss from "Knockdown" doing rounds in every media 7 weeks before the airing.
  • Both played straight and averted with The X-Files. The promos for "Triangle" played up a Mulder/Scully kiss, though in reality, the kiss was between Mulder and a hallucinated past version of Scully, not Scully herself. Averted in that when Mulder and Scully do kiss for the first time, in "Millenium", the kiss is never mentioned in the promos at all.
  • Fans of The Avengers who love the palpable Will They or Won't They? tension between Steed and Peel probably are all too thrilled when they pull out their DVD of the episode "Who's Who?" for the first time and see an image of their favorite couple engaged in not just one of Emma's playful pecks, but a full on sexy makeout session. Trick is "Who's Who" is a body swap episode. Emma and Steed have their minds in the bodies of the villains and are tied up in a warehouse somewhere, while the villains are the ones in Steed's flat, in Steed and Peel's bodies, getting comfy and kissing while they live it up and continue an evil plot. Of course, since it's just the same sets of actors switching roles, that's STILL Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg full on frenching each other, so do with that what you will. And I'll remind you this is while they are playing villains, and Evil Is Sexy.

Western Animation